After more than a year, Class of 2020 UNL grads walk at commencement

After last year’s graduation was cancelled due to the pandemic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates from the Class of 2020 had their commencement ceremony on Saturday.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – It was a day more than a year in the making.

After last year’s graduation was cancelled due to the pandemic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates from the class of 2020 got to walk across the stage and participate in their commencement ceremony.

“It’s honestly the greatest blessing,” Class of 2020 graduate Clair Trenhaile said. “I’m a first-generation college student, so to be here and share this with my parents was the greatest thing.”

2020 graduate Brent Miller was unsure if many of his fellow graduates would attend the commencement. According to the university, over 700 members of the 2020 class signed up to participate.

“It was nice to be able to see friends that we made throughout the university and catch up and see what they’ve been doing over the past year and a half,” Miller said.

Graduates from the Class of 2020 shared why they chose to return for their in-person commencement.

“For me, it was a little bit of being able to put a pin in that chapter of the life,” Miller said. “Kind of just have that have that moment to celebrate, and then move on to the next chapter.”

“I wanted to see everybody again,” 2020 graduate Ryan Husa said. “And I felt like it was an obligation to be able to represent the university.”

Of course, graduates from the Class of 2021 received their diplomas as well. They were happy to share the moment with the Class of 2020.

“They didn’t get that opportunity to go through this process and get to get their diploma and walk across that stage and have everybody cheering for you and so I think it was awesome that [the university was] able to include them in this,” Class of 2021 graduate

What will Husker graduates remember about their time at UNL?

“From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew I was home,” Trenhaile said. “I knew this is where I wanted to spend my time and I’m so grateful for this campus and this community that have shared their home with me for several years now.”

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